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MOOD SWINGS #8
Battlefield V has a lot to prove.

MOOD SWINGS
By MIKE HAZLETON & JAY TEE
24/05/18

MOOD SWINGS?

Besides being the obvious side effect to a hormonal outburst, ‘Mood Swings’ is a weekly editorial crafted by our editor Jay Tee, alongside contributions from the JTGA team. It’s like a series of extended tweets, ranting or raving about something terrible / great that’s happened to us that week in our gaming lives.

It serves as a weekly collection of random musings designed to provide a snapshot of what we’re doing, things you should be excited for, and stuff to avoid as you navigate the choppy waters of this wonderfully unpredictable hobby.

Anything, from reactions to a new game announcement, surprising breaking news, to our cat just nibbled our thumb sticks, can be found here. Each “Mood Swing” will be tagged with either a green, yellow, or red Tarp badge. This represents a visual indicator of our reaction.

HASHTAG SCEPTICAL FACE - Since EA seem to mandate that their live events are delivered with maximum cringe, Battlefield V (such a stupid name) was unveiled yesterday alongside a panel of super awkward developers. It was a lot of talk and very little show. Too often, EA seem to like saying how great something is, instead of just showing gameplay and letting us decide for ourselves. Putting on a giant, big budget press conference to reveal concept art is a mistake they’ve already made with their Star Wars games at E3. Case in point, when we finally got to the reveal trailer, it was an ‘in engine’ video that overlaid a HUD and pretended to be gameplay. The whole thing looked far too choreographed, and therefore achieved the opposite of what was intended. I came away from it not really knowing what this game is going to be like to play. A cardinal sin for a first reveal.

Fortunately, Daily Show host Trevor Noah was the one saving grace in an otherwise very average presentation. There was a lot of nice feature announcements: a dedicated co-op mode, free post launch DLC for all players, but at this point, I want to know if they’re going to address the chokepoint map design that has been getting steadily worse with every recent Battlefield. I want to know if they’re going to have the equivalent of invincible horses again, or pick ups that feel woefully unbalanced, or load times that clearly haven’t been optimised for console hardware. Battlefield V (SUCH a stupid name) has a lot to prove, and whatever gameplay reveal EA and DICE are cooking up for E3 2018 needs to double down on the moment to moment gameplay to get me excited. - JAY TEE

SORRY PHIL - State of Decay 2 is out now and, like we surmised in our analysis of Microsoft's decision to launch their slate of new first party games day and date on Games Pass, it is being received like the lukewarm flesh of a rotting zombie corpse. We all knew what to expect really: more of the same, plus co-op, which should be good enough for a 7 or 8/10-style good time.

Unfortunately all signs point to it being riddled with glitches like the lukewarm flesh of a rotting zombie corpse (have I used that already?) - after the relative disappointment of Sea of Thieves, here's hoping Crackdown 3 can still buck the recent trend.

Microsoft need better-than-average games now, though of course new releases are always nice. - MIKE

Frostbite is undoubtedly a pretty engine, but DICE have a tendency to over complicate the visuals with wacky onscreen status effects. Keep it simple!

BLAST FROM THE MARSTON - The steam-powered hype train that is Rockstar Games' latest blockbuster, Red Dead Redemption 2, is rolling steadily towards release. I revisited the original, which I never finished back in the day on the Xbox 360 (thank you backwards compatibility).

I'm enjoying it a lot more this time around, mainly due to focusing on the cut scenes (I used to insist on turning off the auto-aim, but now happily blast away the goons with ease, just to get to the next plot point) and protagonist John Marston's interesting yarn.

I've now gone from not-bothered to positively salivating at the idea of a new Rockstar game set in the Red Dead universe. - MIKE

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